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Tamale Festival coming November 15th

On November 15th, 2014, the 79th Annual Friendly House Tamale Dinner will move into its new event location at The Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix and present an exciting day of family-friendly festival activities.

Presented by APS and organized by Friendly House, a Phoenix-based non-profit organization that has proudly served the local community since 1920, their annual Tamale Dinner is the longest continuously running fundraiser in Arizona. Now with a new location and challenge to expand the event offerings, Friendly House hopes to bring a day of fun to downtown Phoenix from noon to 10pm. “Last year, we ventured into a partnership with 16 Valley Mayors to compete in the inaugural ‘Battle of the Tamales,’” says Lourdes Sierra, Tamale Dinner Chair. “This year, we are seeking Mayoral support again, only now with even more entertainment for attendees of all ages.”

Event committee members are striving to secure the participation of approximately 12 Valley Mayors, who will each in turn identify a selected hometown restaurant to showcase their tamale offerings to event-goers. These vendors will sell tamales of various types (chicken, pork, beef, etc.) along with side items to attendees. A selected number of restaurants offering unique twists on traditional tamales will be invited to participate in the festival as well.

At the event, a main stage will be erected at the corner of 5th Street and Van Buren, facing a large grass area where attendees will be encouraged to lounge all day to watch bands, dance troupes, and other entertainment in between bites of tamales and related Mexican fare. A beer garden will be set up under a picturesque cluster of trees, adjacent to another large grass area where a majority of the tamale vendors will be positioned. VIPs will enjoy access to a lovely tiered promenade of the Arizona Center, where a private bar, catering stations, and other surprises await.

The Friendly House will raise funds through sales of tickets, beverages, sponsorships, and a portion of tamale sales. Collectively, the money raised from the Tamale Dinner & Festival will provide tools and resources for individuals of all ages that participate in their stellar programs which fall within four pillars: Education (Helping Children & Adults Succeed in Education), Family Services (Improving Families Health & Wellness), Immigration (Providing Legal Service, Outreach and Advocacy), and Workforce Development (Increasing Financial Stability and Workforce Readiness).

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Cassidy Turley Leases 33,522 SF at Arizona Center to ASU

 

Cassidy Turley leased 33,522 SF to Arizona State University at Arizona Center, 455 N. 3rd St. in Phoenix for a lease term of five years.

Chuck Nixon and Luke Walker with CBRE, along with Patti Boyd Gentry with Arizona Commercial Advisors, represented the tenant.

Tyler Wilson, CCIM, Mark Stratz and Scott Baumgarten with Cassidy Turley represented the landlord, CommonWealth REIT. The property is managed by Reit Management & Research Real Estate Services.

Arizona Center is a 1 MSF, Class A, mixed-use project located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The office, retail, dining and entertainment destination opened in 1990 and expanded with the addition of AMC Theaters in 1998.

Arizona Center is minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport, centrally located to downtown hotels, the convention center, TGEN, Civic Courthouse, ASU, University of Arizona Medical School, Professional Sports and the Phoenix METRO Light Rail.

The growing project amenities include: AMC 24 Theaters, New York & Company, Canyon Cafe, My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, Starbucks, Subway, Corner Bakery and Sushi Kokoro among others. The Garden Office Pavilion at 455 N. 3rd St. is 92.3% leased and the Office Tower at 400 E. Van Buren is 89.2% leased.

 

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An Enticing Escape: Brick Restaurant In The Arizona Center

Tucked away in the hustle and bustle of Downtown Phoenix sits an enticing restaurant with a seductive menu to match. Dark wood tables, leather lounge chairs and armoires attribute to the restaurants intimate scene. Hanging vintage chandeliers and deep red curtains transport you into another world. Feet away from the numerous downtown sky-scraper buildings resides the restaurant Brick in the Arizona Center.

As a Southern California native and new resident to the Phoenix area, my search for the perfect balance of comfort, fun and good food seemed never-ending. This search came to an end, however, when I discovered Brick after a girl’s day luncheon.

It was a Sunday afternoon. The three of us were ready to satisfy our appetite for girl talk, good times and good food. The Arizona Center, tucked away in the corner of the busy downtown streets, sits like a small cluster of buildings of a Lego city ― precisely placed to contrast itself immediately from the humdrum of office buildings, commuter commotion and work-day rush. We walked into the center, and I found myself immediately transported to another world, an eclectic world of food shops and activity. The choice of restaurants was endless. There is a restaurant to satisfy every taste bud: Greek, Mexican, American, Japanese, Italian and so on.

We pondered what to eat for a minute and found ourselves at the entrance of the seductive restaurant that sits tucked away in a corner of the center. Brick sits with its doors open, offering a peek into a different dimension. Dark red velvet curtains line the brick walls of the restaurant, and deep red candle votives adorn the mahogany tables. Vintage chandeliers and vivid art give the place a contemporary, yet warm feel.

We were seated at a corner table near the outside patio with a view of the center’s fountain outside.  The menu made our mouths water, and I spent a while deciding what to order. Offering everything from salads and sandwiches to calzones pizzas and burgers, the menu is as enticing as the atmosphere. Brick also hosts a hip and savvy bar, which offers an extensive selection of wine beer and infused drinks. It was lunch on a Sunday afternoon, so I decided on a calzone, my first ever, and a glass of sweet Moscato to accompany it. I was blown away not only by my dish, but that of my friends as well. They indulged in their pizzas and wine until their stomachs were content. The atmosphere was warm and comforting, so our girl talk came with ease over our delicious food. The restaurant is set so that every party is intimately connected, and the setting allowed us to hold our private conversations without being deprived of good service.

Brick’s menu offers a variety of food and drinks to satisfy every taste bud. The restaurant aims to offer patrons a relaxed atmosphere without feeling rushed and an opportunity to enjoy a delicious menu without breaking the bank. The restaurant in The Arizona Center is perfect for afternoon luncheons, big group get-togethers, intimate dates or even just a quick escape from the chaos of the city. Being only a block, literally, from everything I do in the city, any chance I get, my inner hippie and I find a way to escape to Brick.

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Where: Arizona Center, 455 N.  Third St., Phoenix
Price: $$ (from $5 to $15)
Contact: (602) 258-3665
Online: brickphx.com